Safety and security come to mind as two of the most important factors of any ladder you may be considering purchasing. While some ladders are designed specifically to help you reach incredibly high heights or stand above places that are not exactly on flat ground, for most people, these high-end ladders are completely useless. What you may actually need instead is just a nice, simple ladder that will allow you to reach places that are roughly twice your height. When it comes to choosing a ladder of this type, you essentially have three different options when deciding on the materials involved in constructing such a ladder. You can either opt for a wood ladder, an aluminum ladder or a fiberglass ladder. Depending on what you plan to use the ladder for, each building material has its own strengths and weaknesses, but if you are looking for a ladder that is an all-around great performer, then a fiberglass ladder should be your choice.
As far a strength and security are concerned, a fiberglass ladder is far superior to all other types of ladders on the market today. Since the fiberglass ladder is constructed from manmade materials and is inherently designed to support the highest weight loads, it simply will not fail on you while you are atop it. A wood ladder may not be quite as sturdy as a fiberglass ladder because wood can become weak and brittle over time if it is not well taken care of. Furthermore, because wood expands and contracts during the different climate shifts, it can lead to lessened stability after only a few short months of alternating hot and cold temperatures. This can lead to screws and bolts becoming loose which can lead to the ladder wobbling when you climb on it not a very safe environment. Metal, on the other hand, is plenty strong and should not wobble should it be placed securely on the ground. However, an aluminum ladder conducts electricity and could easily kill you should you happen to place it too close to some electrical wires.